When we talk about food photography, it's easy to confine it to what we're cooking, or where we're dining. But each year, the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards comes around and reminds us that photographing food isn't only about Instagram snaps at bustling restaurants or vibrant pages of glossy magazines.

The awards celebrate food in all its forms: food that crosses national borders; that shines a light on the food traditions and cultural exports of people across the globe. This year's winning shots comprise everything from a drool-inducing photo of a bowl of mac and cheese to the feeding of people undertaking a Hindu prayer ritual and the collection of vital food supplies by refugees at a camp in Algeria. Put simply, it's a competition that brings together striking photography of pretty much every aspect of food's impact on the world.

The winning and shortlisted images were chosen from more than 8,400 entries, from some of the best and brightest photographers working today. See below for the winning images in each category.

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